Nigerian singer Maj has finally spoken on her reason for covering Beyonce’s ‘Brown Skin Girl’ record her own way.
Recall the K20 Entertainment artiste went viral following the release of her version of the song. Maj changed the lyrics to ‘light skin girls’ a decision that irked many who have since the release of the song continued to drag her.
In an exclusive interview with BET, Maj opened up on why she decided to cover the song the way she did it saying;
“My inspiration for remaking Brown Skin Girl was to connect all of us black women through this song by including our more fair-skinned sisters,” Maj shared with BET exclusively. “My intent was all about inclusion. I have great respect for Beyoncé and the message that she conveyed through the lyrics of this song, and I just wanted to feel more connected to the message and wanted others to feel the same.”
She continued, “I truly feel we all should be proud of ourselves as melanated women and my goal was to share the spirit of that pride.”
“My intention was simply to spread love. It’s all about love. The original song has a beautiful positive message about self-love and acceptance. In the spirit of that, I created my version…really talking to myself and affirming myself in Beyoncé’s message,” Maj expressed.
“At the end of it all, we are all black women. We face the same struggles and have to overcome the same obstacles. Changing the lyrics to Light Skin Girl was never meant to be divisive…it was all about my desire to see myself in the celebration of melanated beauty.”
On her thoughts about the negative responses she received on Twitter, she said;
“I’m most disappointed that me changing the lyrics was seen as disrespect to the overall message of self-love and pride in one’s complexion,” she said.
“However, I am an artist, and if nothing else, this has blasted open the doors on the conversations about colorism and inclusion; self-hate and self-love. If I can ever be a part of something that brings dialogue to the forefront, I’m for it.”